The opioid epidemic in the United States is a very real problem that cannot be ignored. In 2017, it was reported that an estimated 18 million people aged 12 or older misused opioid medications. Of those millions who misuse opioid pain pills, many develop an addiction that requires professional treatment.
Because access to opioids is so widespread, it is important to learn the signs of when someone is addicted to pain pills, so you know when to start the conversation about seeking treatment.
Eight signs someone is addicted to pain pills
If someone you know is taking prescription pain pills or has access to prescription pain pills in their household, they may be suffering from an addiction if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Taking an opioid outside of the prescription instructions of their doctor (e.g., taking a larger dose or using medication when they do not need to)
- Taking medication as a precaution even if they are no longer in pain
- Experiencing mood changes
- Changing sleep patterns
- Borrowing medications from others or claiming to have lost their medication so they can get more prescriptions written
- Seeking multiple prescriptions so they can have backups
- Missing out on work, school and other responsibilities
- Lying about their use or attempting to hide it from others
What to do when someone you know is addicted to pain pills
If you suspect someone you know is addicted to pain pills, you need to start a conversation with them about your concern and offer to help them find treatment. Do not lie or make excuses for their behavior. It can be difficult and uncomfortable to address the issue, but it may be exactly the help a person needs for seeking real help for their problem.
Need help talking to someone about addiction? Here are some tips that can help you get started.
Take the first step to recovery at Tulip Hill Recovery
It can be frightening and heartbreaking to watch someone you know struggle with an addiction. At Tulip Hill Recovery, we can help you start the conversation and can help someone recover from an addiction to pain pills.
Our team focuses on treating the addiction and building healthy coping mechanisms for living with mental health issues that might be fueling the pain pill misuse.
Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction and building a better future? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and start the recovery journey.